Navin is an idiot. He grew up in Mississippi as adopted son of a black family but on his 18th birthday he feels he wants to discover the rest of the world and sets out to St. Louis. There everyone exploits his naivety, but then a simple invention brings him a fortune. Written by
Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>
He was a poor black sharecropper's son who never dreamed he was adopted.
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Did You Know?
Prior to the film's opening, Steve Martin
was delayed in Terre Haute, Indiana. He later recalled this story on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
(1962), calling Terre Haute "No Place." The residents of the city objected to this, and ultimately, Martin was invited back to Terre Haute and was given the key to the city and a tour of the local fertilizer plant. Martin repaid the city by opening The Jerk
(1979) in Terre Haute. However, in one of the trailers for Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid
(1982), Martin asks the audience if they'd rather see "Cow Patties over Terre Haute." Also in that film, when Col Kluck throws one switch, it destroys one town in America: Terre Haute, IN. See more
Navin opens his door and throws popcorn in the face of the Private Investigator, right after the popcorn bounces off the face the PI spits a mouthful out. The PI never opened his mouth prior to the throw. See more
Navin R. Johnson
Huh? I am *not* a bum. I'm a jerk. I once had wealth, power, and the love of a beautiful woman. Now I only have two things: my friends, and... uh... my thermos. Huh? My story? Okay. It was never easy for me. I was born a poor black child. I remember the days, sittin' on the porch with my family, singin' and dancin' down in Mississippi...
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Referenced in The 50 Greatest Comedy Films
Pick A Bale Of Cotton
Sung by Sonny Terry
and Brownie McGhee
(as Brownie McGee)
Words and Music by Leadbelly
(as Huddie Ledbetter)
Collected and Adapted by John A. Lomax
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